Emilie and August F. Poehler
August Ferdinand Poehler (known as August F.) was the 5th of 10 children of Friedrich and Wilhelmina Poehler. He was born in 1838 in Hiddessen, Lippe, Germany. In 1856, at the age of 18, August F. and his older sister Augusta arrived in Henderson, where he joined his brothers Henry & Fred in running a trading post.
Emilie Comnick, was born in 1846 in Zempleburg, Prussia, and arrived in Henderson in 1862 with her parents, Adam and Emily Comnick. The family arrived in Henderson on the steamship "Otter" which had become beached. It was on this occasion, while August F. Poehler was helping to unload the ship, that he met Emilie for the first time.
Two years later in 1864, August F. and Emilie Comnick were married on New Year's Eve. They had six children: Alma, 1865; Bertha, 1867; Albert, 1869; August L., 1871; William, 1875; and Fredrick, 1880.
Because August & Emilie were living in a one story house and their family had grown, plans were made in 1881-1882 to build a larger home. In 1884 the home was completed at an unheard of cost of $39,000. When the Poehler's moved into their new home in 1885, the ages of their children ranged from 4 to 19 years.
In 1889, August F. became the sole owner of the family business and the name of the store was changed to A.F. Poehler Company. Sadly, in April 1891 August F. died suddenly from pneumonia at the age of 53. He was to enjoy his beautiful home for only seven years before his death. His wife Emilie continued to run the A.F. Poehler Co. until 1897 when she too died suddenly from pneumonia at the age of 52.
After the death of his parents, August L. continued to run the A.F. Poehler store. In 1899 at the age of 28, he married Elizabeth Higgins of California; they lived in the 1884 home that his parents built. Their three sons, (James) Armin, Theodore and Robert were born in this home. The store was sold in 1916 to the Henderson Mercantile Company and shortly thereafter August L., Elizabeth and their family moved to Minneapolis. August L. died in 1950.
August F. and Emilie Poehler, along with many other members of the Poehler family, are buried in the Brown Cemetery in Henderson.